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Monthly Archives: May 2013

When I started in photography digital wasn’t an option. I fell in love with capturing images, and it is how I began my career. There is something very organic and soothing about shooting film especially larger formats. You have to really slowdown and think. Is that really such a bad thing?

I recently I came across a very interesting article by Ken Rockwell about his views on film: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/why-we-love-film.htm

I was looking through some boxes and found these rolls of film from the 70’s that I have been holding on to. Kodak stopped producing these beautifully crafted aluminum canisters somewhere in the early 70‘s.

Last night the ROM hosted guest speaker Sebastiao Salgado. He discussed Genesis, his photographic essay eight years in the making. I really enjoyed the event and have admired Salgado’s work quite some time. He spoke of his transition from several decades of documenting global atrocities and conflict to his more recent work which speak of innocents and purity. The prints are truly breathtaking and indeed monumental.

North of Ob River. Inside the Arctic Circle. Yamal Peninsula. Siberia. Russia. 2011. © Sebastião Salgado Courtesy of Amazonas images

Genesis is about our planet earth, nature and its beauty, and what remains of it today despite the manifold destruction caused by human activity. It is an attempt to portray the beauty and the majesty of regions that are still in a pristine condition, areas where landscapes and wildlife are still unspoiled, places where human communities continue to live according to their ancient culture and traditions.” Sebastiao Salgado

Genesis is showing at the ROM until September 2013.

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Gio is constantly reinventing and even renaming his restaurants. You could say that he has caught the “7 year itch”. Featuring a Marilyn Monroe inspired wardrobe, and accompanied by Kendo, Mr. Rana (though slightly apprehensive at first) put on a brave face and allowed us to capture this very eye catching image.

Toronto news stands are about to be hit with a creative and beautiful new food magazine. LEO Magazine (Let’s Eat Out) is the brainchild of Peter Mazzotta. Peter and I have been colaborating for a many many years…

“LEO Magazine is Toronto’s exclusive restaurant lifestyle magazine as seen through the eyes, words and taste buds of the Restaurateurs here in Toronto and the GTA. Each and every month we have owners, managers and chefs talking about where they like to eat and other things that make them tick.”

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For the feature spread we were welcomed with open arms to Gio’s Really Really Nice Restaurant (The name fits!). The entire staff are much like Gio himself – kind, generous, and great to work with.

We are looking forward to creating content with Peter for the future issues of LEO Magazine. Cheers and Congratulations Mr. Mazzotta for realizing your dream.

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